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Crosscut Courage Awards: Choosing Dialogue over Rhetoric
The quality of our conversations and the choices that come out of them are only as strong as the mix of voices, minds, and ideas that participate. Crosscut is our home for the conversations that elevate our community, and we invite you to join us at the fourth annual Courage Awards to continue moving those conversations forward.
This year we celebrate bold leaders who have refused to accept the status quo for Native peoples, fought to preserve independent public media, provided support for immigrants with green cards to become naturalized citizens, and spoken uncomfortable truths to power time and time again. What do they all have in common? When faced with the choice between dialogue and rhetoric, they chose the former.
It takes courage to have uncomfortable conversations, but keynote speaker and critically acclaimed author Dr. Qasim Rashid will explore how civic leaders and Northwest residents can bring communities together to overcome racism, xenophobia, intolerance, and violence. “Our differences are not a source of discord and division,” Rashid told Crosscut, “they’re a source of strength and recognition.”
Crosscut reporter David Kroman and former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper will also share the stage to discuss our shared responsibility for police reform and the role of trust, community and communication in local reform efforts.
The Courage Awards provide a unique opportunity to connect with a network of Northwest public media supporters working to make our region stronger, smarter, and more connected to each other. Essential funds raised at the event directly support Crosscut’s in-depth journalism, elevating our public media as the public good that it is.
The 2016 Courage Award Honorees:
Lifetime Achievement Honoree: Martha Choe, who over the course of her career has worked across industries to hear different perspectives, get at-risk youth off the streets, and enable compromise.
Courage in Culture Honoree: Friends of 88.5, who raised $8 million in less than six months to save their public radio station from purchase and preserve independent reporting in the Northwest.
Courage in Public Service Honoree: Colleen Echohawk, who through her role as the Executive Director of the Chief Seattle Club has challenged our community to establish more effective and holistic care models and built networks to advocate for Native people in Seattle.
Courage in Business Honoree: Richard Romero, who led the Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union to serve those overlooked by other financial institutions, including legal immigrants that would not be able to afford the filing fee to become naturalized citizens.
Friday, October 14
Registration | 7:00 AM
Breakfast | 7:30 AM
The Westin | 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
$75 per person | $750 per table
For event and registration questions, please contact our Donor Engagement Manager, Kaila Trout, at email@example.com or 206.443.4851.
At Crosscut, we believe that an informed public is essential to solving the challenges of our time. As the Pacific Northwest's independent, reader-supported, non-profit news site, Crosscut strives to provide readers with the facts and analysis they need to intelligently participate in civic discourse, and to create a more just, equitable and sustainable society.